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The Venice Conspiracy (Tom Shaman #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  213 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When ex-priest Tom Shaman, jaded from years in the LA ghetto, decides on a last-minute trip to Venice, he gets much more than the break he'd been hoping for. A brutal killer is on the loose and Tom finds himself catapulted into a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Venice has ever seen. Enlisted by the Italian police, Tom teams up with investigator Valentina Mor ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2010 by Sphere
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Father Tom Shaman has just administered last rites to an dying 100 year old woman and is walking home at midnight in contemporary Los Angeles. He passes an alley and sees three thugs molesting a young woman. He deals himself a hand and when the smoke clears the young woman has been raped and two of the thugs are dead. After being exonerated for the deaths and leaving the priesthood he feels compelled to go to Venice. Then we are zapped back to 666 B.C. where we meet a young Etruscan priest and f ...more
Good read..had me hooked all the way through.
This is a years old BEA ARC book that I grabbed and I’m just finding out that this author has a slew of pseudonyms and that this title is actually published under a couple of them. Thanks for the confusion. That means nothing for the book; I just found it kind of annoying.

THE VENICE CONSPIRACY is told using parallel timelines from ancient Etruscan times and mid-18th century Venice to coincide with the present day plot of this unfolding conspiracy. I liked both equally but it wasn’t an overwhelmi
Graeme Stokes
Praised by critics and readers alike for his international bestseller The Stonehenge Legacy, Sam Christer continues to weave an irresistible plot of conspiracies and sudden death in one of the world's most mysterious ancient sites.

When ex-priest Tom Shaman, jaded from years in the Los Angeles ghetto, decides on a last-minute trip to Venice, he gets much more than he expected. A brutal killer is on the loose and Tom finds himself in the midst of a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Ve
Karen Brooks
I didn't know what to expect of this book as I had not read anything by Trace before and was in the mood for a light thriller/action novel. Despite some cliched descriptions at the beginning of the book, this is better than that. It's a rollicking tale of good and evil that segues between different time periods to tell of a Manichean battle that has gone on for centuries.
It was the Venice in the title that first attracted my attention and while the book is mainly set there, the title is mislead
This book is quite a fun read. The storytelling is flowing, though the ex-priest's story for quitting priesthood isn't that convincing, jumping right into another a new (sexual) relationship, no less.

There are a lot - and I mean, a lot - of plots of historical backdrop of the Tablet of Atmanta that, while engrossing, leaves much to be desired. From the violent death of Teucer and Tetia in 666 BC, it jumps right to 18th century Venice with the violent death of another ex-priest. Although it's un
I grabbed this at this year's BEA (Advance Reader copy). I was a little confused, when I went to add it on Goodreads it's apparently published with the same cover under a different author's name (and both are pseudonyms), but I digress.

So, the bad. There are many, many moments where I totally had to suspend logic reading this. It's a Dan Brown-type thriller, so some of this is to be expected. The toughest pill to swallow was the weird ability for everyone in the book to seem to understand Englis
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
In ‘The Venice Conspiracy’, the author has woven an ancient civilization, renaissance Italy, and modern day Venice seamlessly into a story of epic proportions. In modern day Venice, ex-priest Tom Shaman has stumbled upon the body of a young girl and gets drawn into an investigation which spans millennia. Three priceless artifacts made in ancient times has been the ‘unholy grail’ to many throughout the years who seek to harness the power within the united artifacts. Tom must uncover the connectio ...more
I am willing to suspend disbelief, but this was too much of a stretch. Tom Shaman, the ex-priest protagonist, leaves his vocation behind, leaves his whole mind-set and way of life, changes not like a snake shedding a skin but more like someone picking out a plaid shirt instead of stripes in the morning before leaving the house. The rapid flashbacks to the Etruscan's, and back to the present, were so quick that it was not possible for me to get involved in either situation. The Etruscan figures s ...more
Magic Mary Austin
I liked the characters more than the story, and I hope there will be more in the future with these characters.
Jan Domagala
I thought this was going to be like a lot of other books out there, where something from the past impacts with events in the present. I was never more wrong, although it did have similarities to that genre, ie Dan Brown, David Gibbins, Steve Berry et al, where it deviated from those was in the historical content. With this book the scene from history wasn't simply the prologue this ran through the entire book. It was almost like reading two books at the same time and I found it slightly intrusiv ...more
I was undecided whether to give this book two or three stars, then I went for two.
I can't say I really enjoyed the story although it's quite thrilling... at least until the point of that unlikely link between the Devil and the Etruscans.
What really spoils the book is the very poor usage of colloquial Italian... Italian words are scattered in the book but their usage made me think that the author does not actually have a reall grasp of the language so they sound quite ridiculous.
I don't know if
Ugh, this book was not what I thought it was going to be. The characters weren't that well developed (or that interesting) and the story was just plain weird. It flips back and forth from 666BC to 18th century Venice to present day Venice, which in itself isn't terrible -- but the stories of what was happening in the first two timelines were awful. Terrible, boring, disgusting. The present day was the only timeline I could actually follow, and even it wasn't great. It was just all a bit over the ...more
I got exactly what I was looking for in this book, which was an entertaining and rather mindless read to indulge in while sitting out in the sun. It suffers from the same issues as other thrillers I've read (though admittedly it's not a genre I read in very often): poor characterization, too many characters, cliched plot points and language, etc. I do give the author credit for working with three different time periods in the novel, though, one of which being the Etruscan civilization, about whi ...more
Very twisted. Kinda makes you feel sick after reading it.
Too slow, I think it sunk in the Venice Canals.DNF
This story was ok. About satanistic cult that spans from ancient Etruscan times to current. Taking place mostly in Venice, Italy but also staring out in L.A. California. Priest who kills two rapists while saving the victim, goes to Venice to start a new life outside of the Church gets pulled into a murder investigation that links the crime he was involved in with the cuurent murders in Venice and also the ancient satanistic cult. Intriguing, decent read but just OK; one of the many stories based ...more
This is a mystery that covers time from 600BC to present. Tom Shaman, an ex-priest of the present, is drawn into a world of demons and blood sacrifice with intent on bringing the downfall of the Catholic Church. He is an unwilling detective assisting the Italian police. The setting of Venice is nostalgic full of narrow dark allies, lapping canal waters, and church interior descriptions....ah, and memories of Venicia. A bit predictable: but different enough to finish the read easily.
Venice, conspiracy ... sounds like a 'Dan Brown' kind of story.
Of course a story situated in Venice gets my attention whatever.

This story was great, strong and great.
The first part of the story starts in the States with a priest.
Later the story goes over to Venice where the priest escapes the States.
He meets Tina but soon after so much ahppens, so much goes wrong and the whole time the author manages to keep the story strong, correct without losing the plot.
David Schwan
A good solid thriller dealing with a set of murders in Venice Italy. One of the main characters is an ex-priest from Los Angeles who happened to pick Venice as his first stop on a European vacation. The book has three overlapping story lines, one set in the Etruscan period, one in the 1770's and the last is contemporary. The Etruscan and the 1770's stories are ok. The ending of the 1770's story leaves one with unanswered questions.
The author did a great job setting the scene and creating suspense building up to the finale. It had me completely hooked up until the raid on the isle. After all that, the rapid race toward the ending was quite a disappointment. I don't think the author knew how to finish what he has started. The remaining plot became too rushed and the character growths were not allowed to properly develop. Disappointing to say the least.
Dan Barbier
Gruesome, gory, spellbinding, mysterious, captivating and almost horror like, those are the qualities you can find in The Venice Conspiracy. A very intriguing read which ends in a race against time across four countries and three timelines. A storytelling tour-de-force.
David Watt
I really enjoyed the book. At first I was not sure about the 2 different timelines cause I don't enjoy books that miuch that flick back and forward in time. But somehow this really works and it keeps you entwined with the story. Good work had it read in 2days.
Lynne Radcliffe
An interesting idea of an ancient evil from 700 BC coming through the years to be played out. in Venice, Italy. Sam Christer writes a fast-paced and story with believable characters. I enjoyed this book. Look forward to reading Christer's book Stonehenge Legacy.
A bit contrived at times but a nicely woven tale alternating between 3 time periods and set in my favorite city in the world! Always makes a book better when you can relate to the setting and characters. I'd read another of his stories.
Cheryl Cufari
Interesting approach to a story taking place in 3 different time periods - ancient times, 1777, and preset day all centering around the influence of evil. A Fast-paced page turner.
This started off slow, and the use of present tense but in the third person took a little getting used to. But it was worth pushing through and I ended up enjoying it!
Elle Corrigan
Excellent book, as you read you get drawn into the story more and more. I like how it qoutes the past to guide the story in the present day. Great Read
Loh Ting
Not really a bad book but not a great book either. Good read if you are into thriller and like things with a bit of religious twist in it.
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Jon Trace (real name: Michael/Mike Morley) was born in Manchester. Orphaned at birth, he was brought up in care, foster and adoption homes. He became an ITV journalist, presenter and producer, then senior executive director for Endemol TV, and is now executive vice president and chief creative officer, international production, for Sony Pictures Television Intern
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